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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Lahr podcast

"The John Lahr recipe for telling whether a play is good or bad is if you can shut your eyes when you're in the theatre and get all the meaning--it's a bad play. You didn't have to be there."

-John Lahr, on a New Yorker podcast, elaborating on his Pinter profile.

Well put.

In related news: New Yorker's other critic, Hilton Als has a blog! But so far he doesn't seem to want to write about theatre on it.


Anonymous said...

David Mamet: "Good drama has no stage directions. It is the interaction of the characters’ objectives expressed solely through what they say to each other - not what the author says about them. The better the play, the better it will fare on radio."

Rob Weinert-Kendt said...

Als has something about theater up now--boldly dissing "The Homecoming" and trashing Eve Best. Be careful what you wish for.